Arizona Cancer Foundation for ChildrenJuly 17, 2015 -
The Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children is a non profit organization that supports children with cancer. The founder, Chrisie Funari, lost her daughter, Ava, to cancer. at only 18 months, Ava was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. For 3.5 years, Chrisie and her family traveled across the country searching for the best care for her daughter. Ava had gone through many toxic treatments than most adult cancer patients. Due to all the aggressive treatments, her teeth slowly disintegrated, she lost her hair, and her kidneys failed. at the age of five, Ava lost her life to cancer. After the death of her daughter, Chrisie did not lose hope. Till this very day, Chrisie assists in funding research programs that will help children and help families with unforeseen travel expenses.
The Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children helps in two ways. The first is funding research. The organization is partners with the Ronald A. Matricaria Institute of Molecular Medicine at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. They are the one of a few institutions to focus on pediatric molecular medicine.
Their second way of helping is through their Travel Assistance Program. Chrisie went through the process of traveling around seeking for the best care for her daughter. Traveling is also not cheap at all. Through the Travel Assistance Program, the Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children assists families in the navigating the expenses of medical travel for treatment. this includes airfare, ground transportation, lodging, and food. The cancer child is also given a “Sunshine Pack” that include comfort items to keep him/ her occupied during all the traveling.
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